Strict deadlines, disabled veterans and dismissed cases
from The New York Times
Three years ago, the Supreme Court said there are some filing deadlines so rigid that no excuse for missing them counts, even if the tardiness was caused by erroneous instructions from a federal judge. The vote was 5-to-4, and Justice David H. Souter wrote a furious dissent. "It is intolerable for the judicial system to treat people this way," he said, adding that he feared the decision would have pernicious consequences. He had no idea.
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